Father Time

I made this card using Father Time from Elizabeth O Dulemba and placed it against Plenty of Peachy from Make it Crafty. The shapes on this card just sort of happened as I went from one idea to the next and in the end I was lucky that they fit!

The corner embellishment is laser-cut chipboard from Make it Crafty and I covered it with Liquid Pearls then added a Dew Drop. I also used cork and muted colors to give the card an earthy feel.

Challenge: Everybody Art – Challenge #123 (New Year)
Challenge: Dutch Dare – Challenge #94 (New Beginnings)
Challenge: Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenges #15 (new ribbon)
Challenge: Simon Says Stamp and Show (Newest Stamp)
Main Stamp:
Father Time (EOD) and Plenty of Peaches (MiC)
Patterned Paper: The Rockstar (DCWV)
Corner Embellishments: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Inverted Scalloped Squares and Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, E13
-hair: C1, C3, YR23, YR24
-clothes: W2, W4, W6, W8, E41, E42, E43, BG72, BG75, BG93, E13, E15, E17, E18, E29
-tree: E13, E15, E17, E18, E29, YG63, YG67, BG93
-peaches: E93, E95, E97, E99, R05, R20, YR15, YR65, YR68, Y32
-other: E43, E44, E47, B000

Did you know? A tally stick was an ancient memory aid device to record and document numbers, quantities, or even messages. Tally sticks first appear as notches carved on animal bones, in the Upper Paleolithic time. Principally there are two different kinds of tally sticks, the single and the split tally. The single tally stick was an elongated piece of bone, ivory, wood, or stone which is marked with a system of notches. The split tally was a stick marked with a system of notches and then split lengthwise and used in trading. This way the two halves both record the same notches and each party to the transaction received one half of the marked stick as proof.
[Tally Stick, Wikipedia.org]

Tangled Jude

I made this card for the 3rd Day of Christmas challenge! The challenge is to incorporate a creepy Christmas tree with any Simply Betty Stamps image; I used Tangled Jude. He’s been paired up with Christmas Mice from Elizabeth O Dulemba and even though it’s on the cutsie side… thinking about rodents on my Christmas tree would be very creepy! (Especially if they were singing! Ha!)

Challenge: Totally Gorjuss – Challenge #58 (use a tree)
Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps – 12 Days of Christmas
Main Stamp: Jude and his Shenanigan Crew Tangled Jude (SBS) and Christmas Mice (EOD)
Patterned Paper: The Christmas Combo (DCWV)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge
Copic Colors:
E00, E11, E55, E57, E59, T0, C1, C3, C5, YR21, YR23, YR24, R35, R37, R39, B91, B93, B97, B95, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, E04

Did you know? The origin of the Christmas Tree is obscured by uncertainties of oral history from pre-literate European cultures. However, according to Christian lore, the Christmas tree is associated with St Boniface and the German town of Geismar. Sometime in St Boniface’s lifetime (c. 672-754) he cut down the tree of Thor in order to disprove the legitimacy of the Norse gods to the local German tribe. St. Boniface saw a fir tree growing in the roots of the old oak. Taking this as a sign of the Christian faith, he said “…let Christ be at the center of your households…” using the fir tree as a symbol of Christianity.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me… festive little mice.

A Reading Pirate

This week I’m hosting the challenge at Lollipop Crafts and the theme is to create a card or project inspired by book! I created this card using a pirate image from Elizabeth O Dulemba‘s coloring pages which she created for Talk Like a Pirate Day. It’s such a fun image!

PRIZES!! Have you had your eye on one of my cards? Then don’t miss out on this challenge for a chance to win any 3 of my cards in stock! Plus, don’t forget about my current Blog Candy which features a cute holiday image from Whiff of Joy!

DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #17
Main Stamp: Talk Like a Pirate Day 2009 Reading Pirate (EOD)
Patterned Paper: The Green Stack (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
-skin/hair: E00, E11, E55, E57, E59
-clothes: C1, C3, Y35, W8, R35, R37, R39, BG72, BG75, BG78
-mouse: R20, W1, W3, W5
-bird: R35, R37, R39, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR14, YR18, BV23, BV25
-other: B000, B91, B93, E42, E43, E44, W000, W1

Did you know? International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed 19 September each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. According to Summers, the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, they chose Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.
[International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Wikipedia.org]

Cauldron Box

I made this black cauldron box for the 12th Day of Halloween Challenge at Simply Betty Stamps. Of course, it’s not just a box… it’s an explosion box! After making my first explosion box on Saturday I decided to make a bigger one that included all six Emo Halloweenies. This is the last and final challenge in the series and I went for a grand finale.

While searching for ideas, I came across a beautiful beehive explosion box created by Shoshi. She has some wonderful step-by-step photos if you’re interested in making one. I used her box as my starting point inspiration and this is what I ended up with… Ka-boom!

There is so much detail to go over so I divided up the pictures into groups. This first set shows the inner box walls that surround the pumpkin patch. Each gravestone flourish and dates were drawn by hand and I used a border stamps to fill in the bottom. Metal tags or circle punches were used to get the shapes.

The center of the box is a pumpkin patch with London Pumpkin and an alteration of Betty Witch. For Betty Witch, I wiped away one arm and the entire lower portion of the stamp then drew in a newer version flying a broomstick. I wanted to make the box in stages so it was easier to work on and the center part was glued in very last.

The outer box walls have the rest of the Emo Halloweenies. Lola Mummy’s color scheme was based off a monster we have in our front window. Millerstein has one brown eye and one blue eye – always a fun combination! For Christian Vamp I covered his face and hands in sparkling diamonds glitter which never show up in the photos. Lastly, I gave Rio Devil a glowing blue staff with three diamonds in the center.

Also around the outer box, each corner was decorated with more Halloween surprises. The first one is a Witches’ Hut I grabbed from Dulemba’s Coloring Page Tuesdays. She always has something fun to color and they work well for stamps. I’m sure you recognize the ghosts! That’s Casper and with two of the not-so-friendly ghosts. The third panel features the scarecrow which is only a portion of Haunted Halloween House from Make it Crafty. I cut out some of the crows from the paper I was using and placed one of them on the scarecrow. Lastly, I made another spider web and added three Lego spiders!

Here’s another view of the box open and a better view of the spider web. Each ring is held on by a looped string that is glued between the wall layers. This made it easier to thread the web and it also tucks in the box nicely.

Looking at the open box from the top shows most of the details. I attached Betty Witch in the center so that she actually pops up when the box opens. The rest of the tabs gently fall down provided the spiders don’t get tangled.

Closing the box takes a little more effort than the last box, but using the rubber bands makes it easier. I first close the inner box then I can focus on the outer box. Just before adding the lid, I remove the rubber band from the inner box; and once the lid is on, I can remove the second rubber band.

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps – 12 Days of Halloween
Main Stamp: Emo Halloweenies… Lola Mummy, Millerstein, Christian Vamp, Rio Devil, London Pumpkin (digi) and [altered images of] Betty Witch (SBS), Witchy Hut (EOD), Borders 2 (Kelly Panacci Sandylion Designs), Casper & Ghosts (123Coloring) and [portions of] Haunted Halloween House (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Blackbird (MME)
Metal Die: Whiff of Joy Magical Tag, My Favorite Things Die-namics Cloud Trio, Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles, and Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Two
Copic Colors:
-mummy: V91, V95, V99, YG91, YG95, YG99, E40, E42, B91, B93, B95, B97
-witchy hut: G21, G24, G28, W2, W4, V12, V15, V17, YR12, YR16, YR18, Y32, Y35, E50, E51, E53, YG93, YG95, YG99, E43, E44, E47, E49
-frankenstein: YG91, YG95, YG99, W00, W2, W4, W6, W8, B91, B93, B95, B97, E55, E57, E59
-ghosts: C00, C1, C3
-vampire: W00, W1, W2, W3, W5, W6, W7, W8, V91, V95, V99, R24, R29, R59
-gravestones: W2, W4, W5, , YG91, YG95, E44, E47, E49
-scarecrow: YR12, YR16, YR18, Y32, Y35, R20, R24, R29, R59, C1, C3, W1, E43, E44, E47, E49
-devil: E00, E11, R20, R24, YR20, YR21, YR23, W3, W5, W7, B91, B93, B95, B97, R22, R29, R59, BV20
-witch: E00, E11, R20, R24, B21, B23, B26, V12, V15, V17, W2, W4, W6, Y32, Y35, Y38, YG91, YG95, E50, E51, E55, E57, E59
-pumpkin girl: YR12, YR14, YR18, W2, W4, W6, W8, YR20, YR21, YG93, YG95, YG99, E43, E44, E47, E49
-sign: E55, E57, E59

Other Challenges: There is a lot of time into this project and the bonus part is that it fits into many other challenges so I’m going to pile it on. Some have prizes and some don’t but the main point was to share my creation. Hope you enjoyed it. ;D

Copic Creations Challenge #38 – Make a Scene
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge – Halloween
Anything Goes Challenge Week #22 – Halloween
Little Red Wagon Challenge #52 – Halloween
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #66 – Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge #104 – Anything Goes
Wee Memories Challenge #29 – Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop’s Best Challenge #31 – Anything Goes
Cards for Men Challenge #22 – Anything Goes (As long as it’s male)
Simon Says Challenges – Punch ‘Em
Four Crafty Chicks Challenge #9 – Punches or Dies
Meljen’s Designs Challenge #31 – Use Two Images
Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge #41 – Black, Purple & Orange
AiFactory Challenge #54 – Halloween
Copic Oz Challenge #4 – Feathering Technique
There She Goes Challenge #79 – Something Gifty
The ABC Challenge ‘G’ is for – Glitter
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #136 – Transparent Element
Dutch Dare Card Challenge #89 – Purple, Black, Orange & Green
PaperPlay Challenges Week #43 – A Haunting We Will Go
Secret Crafter Challenge #107 – Anything That Flys

Did you know? An explosion is defined as a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner, usually with the generation of high temperatures and the release of gases. An explosion creates a shock wave. If the shock wave is a supersonic detonation, then the source of the blast is called a “high explosive”.
[Explosion, Wikipedia.org]
“On the 12th day of Halloween my Ghoul love gave to me… 12 Witches Cackling!”
Update: I won the whole shebang at Simply Betty Stamps for the 12th Day of Halloween Challenge!

I was featured at Little Red Wagon for this project!

I made the Top 5 at Meljen’s Designs for this project!

I was the selected winner at Wee Memories Challenge for this project!

Skating Bear

I made this card using Skating Bear from Elizabeth O. Dulemba‘s Coloring Page Tuesdays. This week I’m hosting the challenge at Lollipop Crafts and the theme is Winter Play. I hope you get a chance to play along!

Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #11
Main Stamp: Skating Bear (EOD)
Patterned Paper: Signature Christmas (MME)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Octagons
Copic Colors:
-bear: E40, E41, C3, C7
-clothes: C1, C3, C5, C7, V93, V95, V99, R20, R22, Bg10, BG72, BG18
-snow/ice: C00, B0000

Did you know? Sirenia (commonly referred to as sea cows) is an order of fully aquatic, herbivorous mammals. They are also referred to as sirens, deriving from the sirens of Greek mythology and a legend about their discovery, involving lonely sailors mistaking them for mermaids.
[Sirenia, Wikipedia.org]

London Back to School

I made this card using London Back to School from Simply Betty Stamps. This is for the 6th day of Halloween Challenge which as to create a card or project project using Jack-O-Lanterns. I took two images and combined theme, the other image is a coloring page from Elizabeth O. Dulemba. The original ghost was cut out and replaced with London, the new ghost, with her trusty sidekick ready for spooky action.

Challenge: Simply Betty – 6th Day of Halloween
Challenge: Stamp Something – Halloween
Main Stamp:
London Back to School (SBS) and Pumpkiny Ghost (EOD)
Patterned Paper: Toil & Trouble Ghost Story (The Girls’ Paperie)
Copic Colors:
-london: 0, W00, W1, W2, W3, W5, W7, W8
-other: YG91, YG95, Y32, Y32, YR12, YR16, YR18

Did you know? Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand and is it’s national symbol indeed, the association is so strong that the term Kiwi is used, all over the world, as the colloquial demonym for New Zealanders.
[Kiwi, Wikipedia.org]“On the 6th day of Halloween my ghoul gave to me, six grinning Jack-O-Lanters with smiles just for me”
Update: I made the top seven at Simply Betty Stamps for this challenge!